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article imageAcid attack horror comes to the UK

By Alexander Baron     Feb 3, 2013 in Crime
London - On December 30, a young woman was the victim of an horrific acid in East London. Yesterday - Sunday - she spoke to the BBC about the incident.
On July 7, 2005, a new kind of terror came to the UK when 4 suicide bombers attacked the capital's transport network murdering 52 innocent people and maiming hundreds. Suicide bombings are an unwanted, perverted ideology from the Middle East. Now another one has appeared, one that in this instance does not appear to be politically motivated, but the individual responsible must be brought to book as soon as possible.
Naomi Oni is 20 years old, and is just an ordinary young woman with no apparent political or other connections. It is this that makes the crime perpetrated against her so baffling. On December 30 last, Miss Oni was on her way home from work at a ladies clothing store. As she walked home after finishing very late, she was attacked by an individual literally yards from her Dagenham home. Her assailant was wearing a niqab, but it remains to be seen if this depraved individual was a woman or a man, much less a Moslem.
The BBC interview with Miss Oni can be found here; horrific though her injuries may be she is lucky in one sense because she could easily have been blinded or worse.
Although this sort of atrocity is a rarity, this is by no means the first time something like it has happened in the UK. In March 2008, aspiring model Katie Piper was the victim of a similar and even worse attack. Both the man responsible and the hit man he hired to disfigure her were brought to book and will be behind bars for the foreseeable future. She went on to start the Katie Piper Foundation that works with victims of facial disfigurement.
Piper made the mistake of starting a relationship with a psycho; Naomi Oni's mistake may simply be that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time like the young girl who was attacked and knocked unconscious in the street last November. That also happened in the East End of London. Her attacker, Michael Ayoade, pleaded guilty and has yet to be sentenced, but this sort of inhumanity is in an entirely different league. It may be that like 17 year old Aamir Siddiqi, Naomi was the victim of mistaken identity. Whatever the case, this individual needs to be found soon before she or he can strike again. The police are said to be keeping an open mind but have made no progress to date, or if they have, they are not letting on for operational reasons.
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